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Weekend box unboxing | Mummy Monday

A few days ago we got a weekend box through the post. This is an active box aimed at children between 4-6 and has items in that I believe follow a theme.

Lilly's box was all themed around fish and her box contained
- Magnetic fishing - Squishy little fishes - Jiggle jellyfish  - Crispy fish fingers
I love the way that it isn't just drawing crafts, there are games, cooking and things to make. 
These all sound really fun and you only have to provide a few extra bits and you get a lot of these crafts in the box from the start.
The box is covered in woodland animals and looks so smart and fun for children and is addressed to them too. 

I am so happy with this and cannot wait to get stuck into it with Lilly.
To get your box check out the website
This is a subscription box that retails and £7.50 per box

Planning my girls 3rd birthday

I cannot believe my baby girl is going to be 3 years old in twi weeks. We have been planning party ideas and buying present.

This has been the hardest year to find presents for her. She is at the stage where she loses ingress in things so easily. We have managed to get her a few bits but are still looking. She had a scooter, some duplo, a tinkerbell book which she asked for and some wooden pretend play food/ kitchen bits. I wish we could find things easier but we just can't seem to find anything that we know she'll like or that we agree on.
I managed to pick a few bits up from Dunelm mill in a sale that they had, so this year is about princesses and we got some princess banners for just 49p per pack and some invitations for 69p per pack. These are so cute and you certainly cannot beat that price. I will be looking on pintrest for more decoration ideas for a princess party.
Birthday Cake
Lastly is the birthday cake which we will be buying this year. We gave b…

My Week in Pictures | 23rd - 30th August

Hello, another post of my week in pictures and I start off which looks like it should be winter.

The weather had been crazy this summer and on this particular day it was cold and raining so we opted for a cosy warm coat that my aren't brought her. She looks so grown up in it though.

The next picture makes her look even more grown up in the bath robe, cleaning her teeth.
A couple of months back I wrote a post about the Aquafresh Brush time app which she has been using daily and absolutely loves it.

My little girl is so talented, she created this 'frog' out of play doh all by herself. I was folding washing and she said look at my frog mummy. I was so surprised I actually welled up. 
Today she has done the same thing by making a bird out of duplo all by herself, very proud mummy and daddy today.

We were serving for munch in Sainsbury's the other day and came across an area full of American bit such as the strange M&M's, reeces bars and hershey's bars too. Thes…

Lush Cosmetics | Dragon's Egg

The next bath bomb to be reviewed is Dragon's egg. I brought this for two main reasons 1. I have heard amazing things about it 2. HARRY POTTER
The bath bomb is quite large in size and smells very citrus like. It is white in colour from the outside with a few colours of what looks like rice paper disks.
The moment you drop in into the bath the bomb starts fizzing into a white mass of foamy bubbles, it then starts rolling around and spreading the white foam about until a small hole appears in the side of the ball.
Once this happens the gold (dragon) starts to come out of the egg and making your bath water beautiful and golden with shimmer in too, which stays on your skin giving you a slight glow. The smell lasts the whole bath time making the room quite relaxing but doesn't send you to sleep. 
My bath after was full of glitter so needed a good wash out after but well worth the mess that it caused.
RRP £3.35

All in all my favourite bath bomb so far.

Chicken Chasseur | Recipe and Method

I like to know exactly what goes into our food and I want to eat a little cleaner with my family so I thought I would try and find a recipe I could use to our of our favourite meals, chicken Chasseur. 

4 Chicken breasts, chopped 200g Button mushrooms 1 tbsp Plain flour Pasata carton 1tsp Garlic Powder 1 Beef stock cube Dash of Worcestershire sauce Handful of parsley
1. Cook the chicken in a shallow saucepan. 2. Turn up heat and add button mushrooms, cook. 3. Stir in flour to form a paste. 4. Add pasata and garlic powder, stir together and add stock cube. 5. Bubble for 10 minutes and add Worcestershire sauce and parsley, stir. 6. Serve with rice or mash potato.

This didn't smell as good as a packet mix but did taste good and as I said we know exactly what is in it. We usually serve with mash potato.

Tiffin Mess | Recipe and Method

I was going take tiffin but did not have any cocoa in so I improvised lol.

200g Chocolate 3 tbsp Golden syrup 25g light brown sugar 100g butter 200g digestive biscuits 
1. Melt the chocolate, butter, golden syrup and light brown sugar together over a hot pan of water. 2. Crush the digestive biscuits into pieces in a large bowl. 3. Pour the melted chocolate into the digestive biscuits and mix together. 4. Pour into a dish and push into edges. 5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 

This is so tasty and so easy to make, a two bowl dish really.

Driving lessons | 6-10

Lessons 6 through to 10 are now complete. I have done so much in the last five lessons.

Lesson 6
My first time parking, parallel parking to be exact. I did it twice and didn't hit the curb and wasn't to far out. I am so pleased with how this went. 
Lesson 7
Another lesson, another parking session, this time was my bay park. I drove to one of our local supermarkets to do this and managed this as well. My instructor explains everything in a way to make it memorable.
Lesson 8
This was a recap on the first two manauvers, the three point turn and the reverse around the corner. The three point turn went fine it was the reverse around the corner than went slightly wrong but I will get there.
Lesson 9
This again was a recap but of the parking, again we did two manauvers, the parallel park and the bay park which I remember quite well and feel pretty confident about both of these.
Lesson 10
Lesson ten saw my drive down the country lane which is part of the test route. I didn't do t…

My week in pictures | 16th - 23rd August

My first one of these and not a lot of pictures to share so I did add last Sunday too.

We decided to go and take Nanny's dog buddy for a walk, the view from our local country park is beautiful and you can actually see France some times. 
Everytime we asked Buddy to stop and wait Lilly would sit her hum down and wait to. She looked so cute hidden in the grass.

I noticed that I didn't have a lot of pictures with my sidekick lately so I got my phone out and did some silly selfie with her.
She pulls the funniest face but this was my favourite picture of us both.

Lastly I have had a splitting headache for the past two day so my wonderful other half took me to the shop for some paracetamol and lucozade and also picked up Girl Online for me too.
I am so happy to actually have my hands on this book and cannot wait to start reading it. 
I know there's not a lot of pictured but I would like to make this a weekly thing so keep and eye out.

GCSE Results day | Good luck

Good luck to everyone who has got there results today for there GCSE's.

7 years ago I remember going up to my school which I had left just 3 months before to pick up an envelope that was full of what I thought was the rest of my life.
We waited on the stairs while people picked up there envelopes and either had cheers or tears,  it was mainly cheers though and a lot of love between friends. 
It felt like such a huge thing to go and collect these and I felt like I had to pass them all to get anywhere. 
I got 8 C's and 2 D's so I was so happy with my results, I just hope that if any of you are picking up your results that you are happy with what you got and to remember that you should be proud that you got through them.

Plain biscuits | Recipe and Method

A stormy, very wet day and what better to do than get our aprons on and start baking. Today we decided take some simple biscuits and decorate them.

115g Butter 55g Caster Sugar Few drops of Vanilla Extract 150g Plain Flour 25g Corn Flour 125g Icing sugar Food colouring to decorate.

1. Pre-heat oven to 180°/Gas mark 4. 2. Mix butter, caster sugar and vanilla extract together until evenly mixed. 3. Stir in flour and cornflour then wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes. 4. Roll dough to the thickness of a £1 coin, use cutters of your choice. 5. Bake in oven for ten minutes. 6. Mix icing sugar and 2tbs of water and add a little food colouring. Decorate and leave to set. 7. Serve
They are really yummy and quick to make too. Lilly was able to help with everything apart from the oven part.
This passed an hour of a very wet summers day for us.

Lydden Hill | King of Drift

To finish our busy weekend we went off to Lydden Hill race track to watch King of Europe drift. It was incredibly hot but we still had a fantastic day and not a but of sunburn in sight. 
It was an early start with us getting up and 5am to gat awake and ready and waking Lilly up a 5:45 to get her ready to go. We left a about 6am and got a couple of bits from the shop to wake us up. 
The night before (after the carnival) I cooked loads of snack bits to take with us such as pizza, sausage rolls and chicken nuggets but they weren't very appealing at 6am lol.
We stopped at MacDonald’s jusy before we got to the race track for a bacon roll and a coffee, Lilly had porridge.
We got there very early so we sat in the car for a while and then took a trip around the pits to look at all the cars competing, This is one of the best things about Lydden Hill is that is usually an open pit.

Lilly got to sit in a drift car which had pink wheels and a pink roll cage, sadly we didn't get a picture…

The Postman pat effect | Hastings Carnival

The weather was so hot but it was a fantastic day. 
My Dad made a carnival float out of my mum's mobility scooter and turned it into postman pats van. This has taken about 5 months to complete with the finishing touches. 
Me and Lilly were part of it too, Lilly dressed as Jess the cat and I was Mrs Goggins (exept the wig almost fell off).

My brother was also in th carnival with the old drumming group that I used to be with called Section 5 drummers.

How crazy do I look? Lol. But I don't think I made a bad Mrs Goggins. It's also fun to do and we raise a lot of money for local charities.

This was one of my favourite, it must have been hot under that dome of his. He was completely in character and was so kind to Lilly with getting her to come over for a photo even with his mentions of 'taking over the world'. 

This was such a cool float with swings and bars for the gymnasts to swing on whilst travelling around the carnival route, and was such a good idea with the mon…

Fun day | Punch and Judy and Lots more

It was carnival week last week and we took advantage of the good weather and things going on around us.
On Friday we went and saw a live punch and Judy, it was so good and funny, the only shame was is there was no crocodile :( but I spoke you can't have a live crocodile in the show lol. But again it was still good and Lilly enjoyed watching it too munching on her ice lolly. 

On the same day there was a fun day on our estate so we enjoyed some music and displays, my mum and dad came up too. Lilly painted a picture and made a couple of clay things. 

Lilly also got to sit in a fire engine again, she understood a lot more this time though :). She choose to have her face painted like a butterfly and just before we went in she was building some robots with consortina style arms and legs and strange heads too.

It was a nice day in the sunshine and we had lots of fun making and doing.

Rocky Road | Recipe and Method

I have found a huge liking to rocky road bars, they are so yummy and are perfect for a sweet tooth like me. I also loved making these with Lilly as she could pretty much help me with everything but melting the chocolate. 

150g Dark chocolate 150g Milk chocolate 100g of any extra items eg. Raisins, GlacĂ© cherries. 200g digestive biscuits, crushed. 180g Mini marshmallows 3tbsp Golden Syrup  125g Butter 50g White chocolate
1. Melt the chocolate, butter and golden syrup together in a bowl over a boiling saucepan. 2. Mix the crushed biscuits, cherries and marshmallows in a bowl. 3. Mix the melted chocolate mixture into the bowl and make sure everything is well covered. 4. Place mixture in a lined tin and smooth out. 5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours

Again I will say it is so easy to make and pretty cheap as well and did I forget to mention tasty.

Jacob's Cracker Crisps

We were sent some Jacob Cracker crisps to try put from BzzAgent, I was really excited to try these as a good snack for all the family and wad very happy with what I recieved 

I got sent three bags of 150grms in the flavours Thai sweet chilli, sour cream and chives and Sea salt and Balsamic Vinegar. 
As a mum, I try to find snacks that I can have in for all three of us and these are certainly a product that I can. Lilly and I love having a handful with her lunch and my other half loves tucking into some after work.
Thai sweet chilli was my other halves favourite flavour, he said that they weren't too spicy but had a bit of a bite to them. This flavour personally isn't my cup of tea.
Sour cream and chives was liked the least in our house but don't get me wrong, they are still very tasty and full of flavour. The problem with these for me is the flavour was a little too strong  (maybe that's me being picky)
Sea salt and Balsamic vinegar was a winner in our house, especial…

Nursery preperations

In just over a month our baby girl will be starting nursery. I can't believe she is growing up so quickly. So I thought I better start getting everything ready.

I picked up some uniform bits, we just need some shoes and a school cardigan. I picked up some polo shirts, a skirt and some socks from Tesco. My mum picked up some bows from Tesco and a beautiful pinafore dress from Sainsbury's. She looks incredibly grow up and so smart in her uniform.

We have had this backpack since Christmas but it will be getting a lot more use as of next month. We picked up a Doc McStuffins backpack for Lilly as she loves her and it is a good size for spare clothes and other bits.

She will sometimes be having lunch there so my Mum picked up the Peppard pig sandwich box and I found this cute Minnie mouse lunch bag for her to use.
I cannot believe that she is going to be three and going to be going to nursery soon, she is and always will be my baby girl.